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Gardening in Southern Wisconsin for as long as I can remember and I’m now 67. Born on Thanksgiving Day 1938 and spent much of the spring of 1939 in a cardboard box while my mother worked in her garden. Wasn’t born in the garden but learned to walk in it!

Gardening in the same location since 1963. In recent years, visitors comment that the main garden is nearly a foot higher than the surrounding area. I just smile and inform them that I "made" every inch of that soil. And I did!

Ex-farm boy who grew up thinking that all vegetables came from the garden in the summer and jars in the winter. And still think that way! If there’s a vegetable that I haven’t tried growing over the years, it would only be from lack of growing space. Yet, every year finds me trying something new.

In recent years, there’s been an emphasis on preserving some little-known heirloom vegetables and sharing them with fellow gardeners. 2003 efforts were devoted to various perennial onions plus Wisconsin 55 tomatoes. 2004 were Heritage Sweet onions and about 27 garlics for the alliums. 2005 was again more tomatoes including a previously unknown gold version of Wisconsin 55. 2006 will be growing out several hundred of those plants for a 2007 commercial release.

When not growing or harvesting my efforts, I’m preserving them. Next to gardening and deer hunting, I also enjoy canning. Oh yes, I do have a wife but when I begin to assemble jars, my advice to her is to "lead, follow, or get out of the way"!

I live in: United States

My zone is: Z-4b WI

My favorite forum 1 is Allium.

My favorite forum 2 is Vegetable Gardening.

First registered on October 06, 2002 .